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How many miles can you drive with the check engine light?

Since each check engine code has its own level of severity, it is typically difficult to predict how many miles you can be secure in driving with the warning light on. If you check engine light is flashing, we advise that you pull over and contact Nalley BMW of Decatur to help determine if your vehicle is secure to drive in or if we advise a tow truck. The safest bet is to decipher the code and then plan your strategy accordingly. It could be anything from a bad sensor to plug wires needing to be replaced.

2018 BMW X1 Check Engine Light Codes

The check engine light turning on can be quite intimidating, particularly to see that little light on your vehicle’s dashboard suddenly illuminate, but in reality, it is not something that should cause you to shut down in fear right away. If you hear the term, diagnostic trouble codes (DTC), these are just another name for check engine light codes. These are automotive computer codes stored by the ECM, again known as the OBD (on-board computer diagnostic system) in your X1. There are hundreds of different codes that your check engine light can properly represent. While that sounds daunting, with a little patience, tackling basic diagnostics will give you useful knowledge about your vehicle and will again allow that vital Check Engine Light to do what it is absolutely supposed to do: be your guide. Unfortunately, apparent and useful vehicle symptoms do not repeatedly accompany an illuminated Check Engine Light. Since there are hundreds of possible OBD codes, there are again hundreds of possible reasons for the light, including:

  • Emissions controls issues
  • O2 Sensor
  • Transmission issues
  • Computer output circuit issues
  • Ignition system faults
  • Loose Gas Cap or Missing Gas Cap
  • Fuel and air metering systems problems
  • Bad Spark Plugs
  • Old Battery

This is why it is crucial for someone who does not have a lot of prevalent automotive knowledge to not assume what a code means. When your check engine light comes on, you should get it checked out rapidly by a adept certified BMW mechanic. If the engine light comes on due to a serious concern, you risk damaging your vehicle further by not repairing the issue right away. Call Nalley BMW of Decatur at 7706285694 today or schedule your check engine light service online today!

What could cause the check engine light to come on in a 2018 BMW X1?

When your check engine light comes on, this could be as simple as tightening or replacing your gas cap. Also, the check engine light could again be a warning of a serious problem that could cause serious damage to your engine and come with a hefty and expensive repair bill. Depending on your make and model, the check engine light will illuminate or blink. A steady and continuous glow generally means something less serious but a flashing check engine light reveals that your vehicle’s engine is in serious trouble and helpful service is necessary swiftly. If your check engine light is flashing in your 2018 BMW X1, we tremendously advocate not to drive the vehicle and schedule BMW service today. Below is a list of the most common reasons your check engine light can come on:

  • Issues with any aftermarket items. An aftermarket alarm, exhaust or other item can wreak extreme havoc on your 2018 BMW X1 if it’s not installed correctly. These aftermarket components and accessories can drain the battery, trigger the check engine light, or even prevent the vehicle from starting. If these issues sound familiar, bring your X1 to BMW and have our team of talented certified mechanics make sure that your aftermarket items were installed correctly and aren't causing any issue. Getting accessories, especially aftermarket parts and accessories, or using OEM components first place might cost a little bit more but could help you save considerably from having to get poor work and damage caused by poor installation work corrected.
  • Your mass airflow sensor (known as MAF) needs to be replaced. The mass airflow sensor in your BMW X1 is what determines how much fuel is necessary to run your engine efficiently by measuring the amount of air entering the engine. As a part of the engine management system, the mass airflow sensor helps adjust to certain changes, like altitude. If your BMW X1 is having trouble starting, idling rough or has a sudden fast change in the position of the throttle pedal, this could be a crucial sign of a damaged mass airflow sensor.
  • Your 2018 BMW X1 has a vacuum leak. Every BMW X1 has a vacuum system that performs a wide variety of functions. The vacuum system also helps lower adverse emissions by routing the fumes as gasoline evaporates through the engine. If you notice that your RPM is high in idle or randomly surges, a vacuum leak could be the cause. Over time, vacuum hoses can dry out and crack, especially if they’re exposed to intense heat or extreme cold.
  • Your catalytic converter is bad or going bad. The catalytic converter is a part of your 2018 BMW X1’s exhaust system. The catalytic converter's function is to turn the carbon monoxide created by the combustion process into carbon dioxide. A damaged catalytic converter is usually caused by regularly neglected maintenance, which is why Nalley BMW of Decatur offers a free multi-point examination with every BMW service. If you have an issue with your catalytic converter and don't get it repaired, your 2018 BMW X1 will not pass an emissions test, show a lack of engine performance and will negatively affect your fuel economy. Your car may run at a higher temperature, too, which can cause other dangerous problems from overheating.
  • New Spark Plugs or Plug Wires are necessary for your 2018 BMW X1. The spark plugs are the part of your engine that ignites the air/fuel mix in the combustion chamber of your vehicle. This explosion is what moves the pistons and makes the engine run smooth. The spark plug wires deliver the spark from the ignition coil to the spark plugs. If your spark plugs or spark plug wires are bad or old, you will experience a noticeable poor performance and reduced power. In some extreme cases, your engine will have trouble starting or continuing to run. Worn spark plugs and plug wires can cause clogged catalytic converter or damage to ignition coils and O2 sensors, leading to more expensive repairs.
  • Your O2 Sensor (Oxygen Sensor) needs to be replaced. The Oxygen sensor, known as the O2 sensor, measures the amount of oxygen in your exhaust system. If there is excess oxygen in your exhaust system, fuel burns more promptly and your vehicle will be less efficient when it comes to fuel economy. So what happens if I don’t replace your O2 sensor? A damaged sensor can not only affect your miles per gallon, but it can cause significant damage to your catalytic converter and your 2018 BMW X1's spark plugs. The O2 sensor sends data to the vehicle’s onboard computer to determine the precisely correct mix of air and fuel that enters the cylinders in your engine. A damaged O2 sensor can also cause a car to fail an emissions test.
  • The battery is low or dead. The battery in your 2018 BMW X1 is every important. Without a car battery, your car won’t start, light up the road in front, play the radio or charge your phone. Today’s car batteries last much longer than they did a few decades ago, and they don't really require maintenance. The price of a new one depends on the type of BMW you drive, but check our current service coupons and specials.
  • One of the most common and frequent cause is that your 2018 BMW X1 gas cap is loose, damaged or missing. The gas cap for your 2018 BMW X1 serves multiple purposes. It prevents unpredictable gas fumes from being released when you aren't driving, it seals the fuel system and helps maintain pressure within the fuel tank. What happens if you have a damaged fuel cap? If your gas cap is old or has a ruptured seal, you can lose fuel through evaporation which will result in more trips to the pump and be more costly. Luckily, to replace a gas cap isn't expensive. If your check engine light turns on immediately after you put gas in your 2018 BMW X1, first thing you should check is to make sure the cap isn’t loose — or that it's still on your car’s roof or at the fuel pump.

2018 BMW X1 Check Engine Light Flashing

Although there are countless potential causes of an illuminated Check Engine Light, we know from years of providing Check Engine Light Diagnosis Service that there are many common causes including something as simple as a loose gas cap. Other mainly common reasons for a Check Engine Light are faulty head gasket, dirty mass airflow sensor, broken oxygen sensor, damaged emissions control part, a malfunction with the fuel injection system, or broken spark plugs to name a few. No matter what is the root cause of the Check Engine Light, we have the BMW Certified Mechanics and the certified service protocol to isolate the root problem and absolutely repair it as required to restore factory specifications. When this happens, the Check Engine Light turns off, and you can leave the service center knowing that your BMW issue was completely fixed.

Every 2018 BMW X1 was designed with a high-technology performance monitoring system with a computer, and a series of sensors positioned strategically throughout the car on its essential systems. The fast sensors are continually detecting conditions while sending critical data to the electronic control unit. If the electronic control unit detects that the data is out of factory specifications, the Check Engine Light illuminates telling you that there is a problem. Yet, sadly that is the limitation of the Check Engine Light – it won’t tell you what absolutely is wrong nor what to do about it. That’s where we come in; Nalley BMW of Decatur provides a Check Engine Light Diagnosis Service that isolates the core problem and gives you a recommendation on what to do next from a Highly Qualified Service professional.

Is it safe to drive your 2018 BMW X1 with the check engine light on?

This question is not tremendously simple because it all depends on the severity of the issue. If the cause is a minor issue, such as a loose gas cap, it should be secure to drive. This is generally indicated by a steady glow of the check engine light. If you notice a difference in the performance of the car, it could be an indication of a more serious problem. If the check engine light is flashing, this means that there is a serious issue and it is suggested to service your BMW X1 quickly. Call the experts at Nalley BMW of Decatur by dialing 7706285694 so you can describe the issues. Or reduce your speed and bring your 2018 BMW to our certified mechanics as shortly as possible.

Check Engine Light Service 2018 BMW X1

What do you do when you’re driving along in your BMW X1 and suddenly, a yellow light illuminates on your dash and says "Check Engine". If you’re like most BMW owners, your heart sinks extremely because you may have explicitly idea about what that light is trying to tell you or how you should react. The fear of the unknown (or the cost of the unknown) can be just as stressful. But take a deep, peaceful breath and realize the light coming on doesn’t mean you have to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road and call a tow truck, but it is suggested that you get your 2018 BMW X1 checked promptly. Ignoring that warning could end up causing major, huge damage to pricey engine components.

When your 2018 BMW X1's ECM (electronic control module), which is the vehicle's onboard computer, finds a problem in the electronic control system that it can’t correct, a computer turns on your check engine light. This amber or yellow light is typically labeled “check engine” or “service engine soon”, or the light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, or a picture of the engine with the word “check.”

When the light turns on, the ECM stores an engine code or “trouble code” in its memory that can expeditiously identify the issue, whether it's a sensor or a failing engine part. This code is read with an electronic scan tool that is used by our BMW auto repair mechanics at Nalley BMW of Decatur. There are still a number of comparatively inexpensive code readers that are designed for do-it-yourselfers, should you prefer that route too. While this code will tell you the issue that is detected, a true diagnosis still requires an experienced professional to determine the absolutely correct issue and repair it.

Will the check engine light reset itself?

The check engine light on your 2018 BMW X1 will normally shut itself off if the issue or code that caused it to turn on is fixed. For example, if the cause of your check engine light coming on was a loose gas cap, if it's tightened, the light will promptly turn itself off. Likewise, if your catalytic converter is working perfectly, and you did a lot of stop-and-go driving, that may have turned on the check engine light due to the high usage of the converter. In most cases, your 2018 BMW X1 light will go off after about 20-40 miles. If you drive over that amount and the light is still on, you will need to bring it in to Nalley BMW of Decatur so the light and code can be double-checked and reset.

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

One of the most generally misunderstood lights or indicators in your 2018 BMW X1 is the check engine light. The check engine light is part of the critical onboard diagnostics system, and displays in an assortment of different ways. It can say "Check Engine", it can be a symbol of an engine, it can even be a combination of both. This light illuminates in either an amber or red color and is part of the diagnostics system found on your car. Onboard computers increasingly have controlled and monitored car performance since the 80s and do an assortment of things for your 2018 BMW X1. Some of these essential duties include shifting automatic transmissions controlling engine speed, ignition timing, and implementing cohesion control, just to name a few. With that being said, the check engine light can mean a variety of different things. It can be as simple as your gas cap being loose or as hazardous as engine knocking. If your check engine light is on in your 2018 BMW X1, contact Nalley BMW of Decatur. Contact Nalley BMW of Decatur today! Our BMW service department can help you find out what code is turning your check engine light on or diagnose why your check engine light is flashing.

2018 BMW X1 Check Engine Light

If the check engine light in your 2018 BMW X1 starts flashing, that means that the problem needs attention expeditiously and your BMW should be brought in promptly. A flashing light signifies that the problem is exceedingly serious and if not taken care of expeditiously may result in major and significant damage to the car. This blinking light ordinarily reveals a severe engine misfire allowing unburned fuel to be dumped into the exhaust system. There it can promptly raise the temperature of the catalytic converter to a point where damage is likely, requiring an costly and far-reaching repair. Some owners ask if spark plugs cause the check engine light to flash? This can explicitly be the cause. A defective, old or dirty spark plug can cause the engine to misfire. If the problem is entirely ignored or you continue to drive, this can spread to the spark plug wires, catalytic converter, or ignition coils which can lead to a immensely costly repair. If your check engine light is regularly flashing, please contact our team of automotive experts at Nalley BMW of Decatur immediately by calling 7706285694.

How much does it cost to get the engine light checked?

The average cost for a check engine light diagnosis & testing is generally between $88 and $111. The good news, Nalley BMW of Decatur offers completely complimentary multi-point inspections and free diagnostics, in most cases, to help determine the cause of your check engine light. The check engine light warns of issues ranging from a gas cap that's not correctly tightened to a more serious failure like a bad catalytic converter or a problem with one of the car's oxygen sensors, so it good to get the proper code reading and diagnosis.